Film Club: 19-25 July
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Finally, we've got some new releases that are as strong as our old favourites - weigh in on your take of Sofia Coppola's remake of The Beguiled, take a glimpse into the mind of David Lynch, and swoon over Ryan Gosling sharing screen time with Michael Fassbender. Or, nurse your post-pride comedown with Gregg Araki's classic of New Queer cinema and a campy feminist 80s slasher. All in all, there's enough happening this week to keep you thoroughly entertained.
Just your classic night of gal pal slumber party fun - girl talk, pizza, an escaped mental patient wielding a power drill... you know, a regular Saturday night. This 1980s cult classic, and its somehow even campier sequel, act as a subversive parody to the slasher genre and the scream queen trope.
It's a close-up on the works of indie trailblazer John Cassavetes at Close-Up Film Centre these next few weeks, and we're taking the opportunity to revisit one of our favs: Opening Night. Gena Rowland stars as a Broadway actress who must confront the reality that she's approaching the autumn of her life (and as we all know, showbiz doesn't take too kindly to ageing actresses). A tragic incident forces her to confront her own personal and professional angsts, giving Ms Rowland plenty of material to deliver this show-stopping performance.
Hookers, blow, pimps, hitmen, Elvis impersonators and dark humour - must be a Tarantino movie. The 1993 crime is considered to be one of his best, and just generally up there in the cannon of great films.
Catch True Romance on the big screen with sparkling city views at the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, as part of Rooftop Film Club.
They say the first cut is the deepest, and baby we know. Seriously, we bet you still remember yours like it was yesterday. Maybe you've even been holding on to a sliver of hope that one day your paths will cross again and you'll dazzle them with the way you've blossomed and succeeded since puberty.
Mia Hansen-Løve's very autobiographical ode to teenage love tells the story of a 15-year-old girl who is completely infatuated with her slightly older boyfriend, who is not quite so gaga over her. It's a poetic nod to young love, the sting of heartbreak, and the fervour of teenage sexuality, and it's as emotionally raw as if we had stolen Hansen-Løve's high school diary and read it out loud.
All hail his majesty of irreverent queer cinema, kween Gregg Araki. While The Doom Generation and Mysterious Skin are by far his most popular titles (and they're great) we think it's high time a little love was shown for his first pancake in this iconic trilogy. Chronicling the lives, loves, trials, and tribulations of a group of six teenagers - four gay men and a lesbian couple - Totally Fucked Up is the quintessential film of new queer cinema.
So by now there's been enough controversy around Sofia Coppola's latest film that you've probably already decided for yourself whether you want to see it or not, but just in case, we'll talk about it some more.
The cons: in a film about the Civil War-era South, Coppola has completely erased race from her narrative about three young women who grapple with their repressed sexualities when an injured Union soldier takes refuge there. The pros: as one can expect from Coppola, it's visually and cinematically beautiful, and told from the perspective of three women, by a female director, which we appreciate (even if it reeks of white feminism). If you can leave politics aside the film has a strong, witty narrative, sweeping thrills, an A+ Southern Gothic aesthetic and plenty of sensual intrigue. We'll let you see it and make up your own minds.
Showing basically everywhere.
Song to Song
Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling in the same film is really the only reason our thirsty asses need to see this, but we're even happier that it's actually really good. In this third and final instalment of Terrence Malick's unnoffical trilogy of contemporary melodrama (the other two being To The Wonder and Knight of Cups), the SXSW music festival in Austin is the backdrop to a love triangle between a musician (Gosling), a producer (Fassbender) and the woman torn between them (Rooney Mara). Told in the typical Malick-ian way of sensorial grandeur and swirling temporality, it's one of the director's better films in recent years.
Showing at Curzons Bloomsbury, Soho, and Wimbledon, Prince Charles Cinema, and Empire Walthamstow.
David Lynch: The Art Life
David Lynch has been a cinematic darling since the '80s, and with his recent resurgence to public consciousness with the re-release of Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks' revival season, it seems like Lynch fever is at an all-time high. It's high time then that a Lynch biopic documentary graced our screens and spread the contagion even further. Narrated by Lynch and directed by John Nguyen, the documentary explores the prolific director's rise to fame, interwoven with clips of his films, music, and art, painting a thorough picture of the man behind these cinematic greats.
Showing at ICA, Curzon Bloomsbury, Ritzy Picturehouse, Picturehouse Central, and Hackney Picturehouse.